Mission and activities of the association “Human Rights in Belarus”

The asso­ci­ation ‘Human Rights in Belarus’ was foun­ded on July 9th, 2004 in Ber­lin (Ger­many). It’s mis­sion is to sup­port indi­vidu­als and ini­ti­at­ives engaged in the imple­ment­a­tion of human rights, the rule of law and demo­cracy in Belarus. These rights are as well ele­ments of the con­sti­tu­tion of Belarus as items of inter­na­tion­al agree­ments Belarus has signed. For this task the asso­ci­ation sup­ports the fol­low­ing:

  • Brief­ing of the pub­lic on viol­a­tions of human rights in Belarus
  • Lob­by­ing at gov­ern­ments, par­lia­ments and European insti­tu­tions in order to reach a sys­tem­at­ic­ally and con­tinu­ous pro­mo­tion of the civil soci­ety in Belarus
  • Pub­lic­a­tion of yearly strategy papers on the polit­ic­al devel­op­ment in Belarus and doc­u­ment­a­tion on the situ­ation of human rights in the coun­try
  • Sup­port of NGOs in their advocacy for vic­tims of polit­ic­al repres­sion and vic­tims of the jur­idic­al sys­tem in Belarus

The association’s pro­pos­i­tion is to strengthen the self-dis­cov­ery of the belarus­i­an cit­izens and to sup­port their free­dom of self-determ­in­a­tion, edu­ca­tion, pro­fes­sion­al cap­ab­il­it­ies as well as their joint respons­ib­il­ity in social issues.

A change in aware­ness in the belarus­i­an sop­ci­ety is the pre­con­di­tion for a takeover of European val­ues and their imple­ment­a­tion in a self-determ­ined way. It must be the aim of our efforts to con­vince the people in Belarus from the mer­its of open soci­et­ies in the areas of polit­ic­al dia­logue, eco­nom­ic devel­op­ments and wel­fare ser­vices.

The asso­ci­ation ‘Human Rights in Belarus’ is a non-profit organ­iz­a­tion. It only spon­sors exclus­ively and prox­im­ate char­it­able pur­poses. The mem­ber­ship is open for indi­vidu­als and cor­por­ate bod­ies.

The board con­sists of four rep­res­ent­at­ives: Dr. Hans-Georg Wieck, Ambas­sad­or of the OSCE to Belarus 1998–2001 (ret.), Stefanie Schif­fer (CEO of the ‘European Exchange’, Ber­lin), Chris­toph Beck­er and Stephan Maleri­us.